July 9, 2012

30-day sentence fuels debate in Rutgers anti-gay bias case

Judge Glenn Berman ordered Dharun Ravi to spend 30 days in jail for spying with a webcam on his gay Rutgers University roommate, Tyler Clementi, who killed himself days later.  Clementi threw himself from the George Washington Bridge.  The maximum sentence for the crime that was motivated by anti-gay bias Ravi is a 10-year term.  The sentence did little to settle the debate over whether Ravi should have faced bias crime charges that are normally […]
June 26, 2012

Transgender Discrimination Bill considered by NY

New York is considering a transgender bill which would amend all of the state’s anti-discrimination laws.  This would include laws regarding employment and housing.  The State Assembly passed the legislation and it currently sitting before the Senate Rules Committee.  To date, sixteen states and the District of Columbia prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression.  Some state laws cover issues of employment, housing, education and public accommodations. Others are limited which only […]
June 25, 2012

Religious Discrimination Lawsuit Settled by Taco Bell

According to the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Family Foods, Inc. which is a company that owns some Taco Bell restaurants in North Carolina will pay $27,000 to settle a religious discrimination lawsuit.  An employee sued when he was fired because he refused to cut his hair for religious reasons.  The employee was Christopher Abbey, who is 27 years old and worked for Taco Bell from 2004 until 2010.  He was told to cut his long hair but according […]
February 2, 2012

Voting Laws May Prove Discriminatory In 2012 Election

The Attorney General, Eric Holder Jr., has vowed to use the full weight of his department to ensure the new electoral laws are not discriminatory.
January 19, 2012

PA liquor board pulls Date Rape Advertisement

A Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board advertisement has been pulled from public view after critics found that it blamed women for being victims. The advertisement was intended to warn young people about the relationship between excess drinking and rape.
January 11, 2012

Men claiming Sex Discrimination against Playboy

It was reported that a group of men were not allowed to enter a Playboy party at the Playboy Mansion unless paying for an entry fee when it was observed that women were admitted for free. The men are now suing Playboy for sex discrimination.